Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:24 PM
Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:34 PM
Katherine, sorry to hear you are having a hard time. The symptoms come and go for several months for most folks. Another thing, when you feel better don't overdo it. That can trigger a relapse. You will need to be kind to yourself for a couple months or more. Also painting, varnishing, use of rubbing alcohol or other solvent use can trigger a relapse as they effect the central nervous system.
Before you do another antidepressant or up your dose on lorazepam try clonidine and/or hydroxyzine. both are very good for anxiety, start to kick in in around an hour, are not addictive and have no withdrawal. Talk to your pdoc about one or both of these. It may be better than going on another AD.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:22 PM
Also I was only on duloxetine for 2 months, how can I get side effects for months? My life's stopped, I can't be around people.
Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:35 PM
An AD is short for antidepressant. Clonidine is a alpha-antagonist, controls adrenaline, and is commonly used on panic attacks, ptsd and other forms of anxiety. It is the third most prescribed anxiety medicine after antidepressants and benzos. The hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used for allergies and anxiety. Most drs don't mention these two first because every one is used to hearing about benzos like lorazepam.
Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:51 PM
LISTEN TO FISHING HAT he knows his stuff!!!!!! the clonidine and hydroxyzine worked for me but the clonidine did give me a side effect of bladder problems but that is better then killing your self. It will get better it takes time. Trust me I was where you are now and i am now 17 weeks out and still have bad days but they r getting fewer . HANG IN THERE. Life is worth living it will be a very hard road to travel but give it time and it will get better. talk to your dr. to see if he will give the to ads the fishinghat mention to help you. This is a good place to come to a see that what you are goin thru othes have been there and they are a great support system!!! This site saved me alot when i quit cold turkey after only being on the crap for 2 months. Oh Try fish oil ask fishinghat about that I think it helps some also. I wish you good luck and GOD BLESS YOU. Just hang in there!!!!
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:12 PM
Posted 01 April 2018 - 10:01 PM
I am struggling with withdrawal myself after being on and off the drug for a year. I also have personality disorders, fibromyalgia, major depression and anxiety apart from the withdrawal, of course made worse by it.
I think about killing myself every day, but somehow I don't. I've been going on a long time now in pain, despite my relatively young age.
Not much I can say to help, I can't even help myself. I do try to imagine often. The pain will always be there, but we have to focus and deliberately bring about imagination. Imagine where you could be. It must be possible. It's all we can do really. I heard someone say 'don't be afraid to close your eyes and dream, but then open your eyes and see.' Living in a prison of pain and discomfort is really hell, but try to learn to live in your head, very conscious of your thoughts. Try to be in control of them, not letting them run free. Recognize you can get through this. You might have to suffer, but you can get through this. Probably if you knew a specific date some time from now at which point all your pain would end, you would be happy and able to see it through. The unknown I think is what gets us. Well there is a day, despite your ignorance of it. Hold on for that day. Try to imagine
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